Rooster having fit (?seizure?)

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by DuaneC, Oct 7, 2011.

  1. DuaneC

    DuaneC Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a barred rock rooster that has exhibited an unusual behavior and I've only seen it when he's been around the 'ladies'... And no, I'm not talking about that...

    I have uploaded a 5 second clip to YouTube so you can take a look and tell me if this is something I should be concerned about. He exhibits no other unusual behavior. Odd things is, I have a bantam Silkie Cross roo that is a month or so younger than Henry and he's had this type of 'episode' a couple of times too. With Henry, though, it usually happens at least once anytime I'm out there with them long enough.



    Thanks!
     
  2. Blueicebird

    Blueicebird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its not a seizure. My Puck does that too... It's a goofy mating thing.
     
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  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    He is enchanting the ladies with his dancing. It is to get the ladies to acquiece to mating. Also it can be used as a show of dominance to other males.
     
  4. Blueicebird

    Blueicebird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I were a chicken, I would be laughing so hard an egg would pop out.
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    It's the 'wing dance' part of the courtship behavior. If he does it to you, it may be an invitation to fight. [​IMG]
     
  6. The Red Rooster

    The Red Rooster Poultry Observer

    Haha!!! That's VERY NORMAL!!! My rooster does that all the time! [​IMG] It's a mating behavior.

    Edited for typo.
     
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  7. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    ! agree, he is trying to impress the ladies.
     
  8. ChickenPeep

    ChickenPeep Faith & Feathers

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    Haha! Thats a mating dance!
     
  9. DuaneC

    DuaneC Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok, it seems the overwhelming vote is that this is normal, but ol' Henry looks like he's having a stroke! I was pretty sure it had to be some kind of semi-normal activity, but I don't ever remember seeing it in chickens when I was young. I guess I was too busy playing to pay attention.

    I wanted to think he was fine, but he will sometimes go into 3 or 4 left-right turns around the 'girls' doing this and he looks like he's either a dweeb or has brain damage!

    I guess men doing crazy things to attract women's attention isn't limited to humans. I just wonder if the hens think Henry's as crazy as most women think men are...
     

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